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NO DEBATING THIS HITS LIST
Can't we all get along? (2/21a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Sorry, Donald, the South Korean invasion can't be stopped. (2/21a)
REBA RETURNS TO UMG NASHVILLE
She's back to where she once belonged. (2/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE FOREVER MARCH
The struggle continues. (2/21a)
PINGING: SURFACES
What's that buzz? (2/21a)
DON'T TALK TO THE PRESS
Also, don't leak the memo about not talking to the press to the press. Please.
GRAMMY VOTING
How the sausage is made.
BIEBER'S BIG BOW
Changes changes the conversation.
PRIMARIES
So hard to decide...
Critics' Choice
SEAN MCCONNELL: A TROUBADOUR BREAKS OUT
6/2/16

Sean McConnell has seen his songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, the Eli Young Band and the cast of TV's Nashville, among many others. He's also put out a handful of well-received albums of his own. But his new set on Rounder is his most accomplished yet, and reflects both finely honed songcraft and emotional depth. Among the standouts: the wistful "Holy Days," the Mellencampian "Ghost Town," future Valentine's Day standard "Best We've Ever Been" and the exquisite "Queen of Saint Mary's Choir."

His voice sounds gorgeous, and the production—by the Nashville team of Ian Fitchuk and Jason Lehning—is crystalline. Is McConnell ready to become a star himself? Judging by this stellar set, we'd say yes.